Friday, December 21, 2012


I think this speaks for itself:

The Government has spent more than $1 million on consultants as part of the switch over to Novopay including $650,000 on testing of the payroll system; but ignored the results, Labour says.

Information obtained by the Labour Party shows the Ministry of Education spent $650,000 on "user acceptance testing," which showed nearly half of 731 trial-users felt they were ready for the system to go live.

Or, to put it another way, more than half thought it was not ready. Yet despite that, it was pushed forward. The results of that policy can be seen in teachers' pay packets today.

This is an unbelievable degree of muppetry from the Ministry of Education. But its what happens when you get political pressure to launch a project, whether it is ready or not. And while the Secretary of Education has rightly fallen on her sword for it, the person responsible for that pressure, the Minister, has not.